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Archbold Legion Post Discusses Mural

The south-facing wall of the Rupp Furniture building.– file photo

The south-facing wall of the Rupp Furniture building.– file photo

Amy Hammersmith, commander of the Archbold American Legion Buehrer- Lauber-Weckesser Post 311, suggested the Post consider sponsoring a mural in downtown Archbold.

But of the roughly 20 members in attendance, several had questions about cost and approval of the artwork.

The village of Archbold razed the former Red Cross Drug Store at the corner of North Defiance and Stryker streets in 2015 to make room for intersection improvements.

Once the building was down, the three-story, southfacing wall of the Rupp Furniture building was exposed.

The idea of painting a mural on the wall was discussed in connection with the July 2016 Sesquicentennial celebration, but it was determined the project could not be completed in time for the event.

Council approved preparing the wall for a mural by applying insulating panels and coating the wall with a material called Dryvit, then coating the wall a second time with a silicate mineral coat- ing. Total cost was $55,000.

The village entered into an agreement with the building owners that states the village will care for the southfacing wall and any mural applied there.

In return, the building owners may not cut openings, such as doors or windows, into the wall.

Council is considering a proposal to spend $5,000 for interviews to determine public interest in a mural.

Reaction

At the Thursday, Aug. 29, Legion meeting, Hammersmith’s suggestion was that the blank wall be painted with a patriotic theme.

She noted many people drive past the wall daily.

Members asked about cost figures for the project, but Hammersmith said the number is unknown.

One member suggested if the wall is divided up into individual sections or panels, then the Legion should participate and secure one section.

Members also questioned who would make the final decision on the design of any mural that is proposed, and whether or not the village has any restrictions on a design.

Memorial Park

One suggestion was to turn the grassy area between the wall and the sidewalk into a memorial park.

The wall could be painted to reflect or compliment the small park.

Legion members at the meeting made no decision on what to do about the proposal.